Engage and Inspire: Share your success stories for #IndieRetail

Are you an independent retailer? Do you have any success stories? Have you won an award? Seen a growth in sales (in spite of recession)? Opened a new store? Had some excellent customer feedback? If so we want to share YOUR success stories with other retailers with the aim of inspiring, motivating and supporting them through a series of good-news guest blogs.

You’ve worked hard – we want to celebrate your success story!

We all know that success isn’t easy. There are plenty of obstacles that can easily occur, but it’s the way you handle and overcome those problems that leads to the greatest sense of achievement.  Sharing your story will help inspire, motivate and engage with other retailers who perhaps aren’t having it so good right now. You never know, your success story could help another retailer to come up with an idea that will really enable them to take their business forward! They too could be sharing their own success story a few months later, commenting how YOU were their inspiration! We rarely achieve success on our own. True success in life almost always is a result of helping others achieve the success they want – in whatever way they define it.

A great way to promote your business too!

Sharing your success story could also be a great opportunity to promote your business to potential customers. Whether you are opening a new store, or launching a website for your company, let us help you get the word out! People are attracted to positive, passionate people – so let us help you get word out about what you’ve got to be proud of!

Email us at Champion@RetailChampion.co.uk with features that we can share as guest blogs. Aim for between 300 – 1000 words and include pictures, logos etc. Make sure you also provide a few words about you, the writer and any hyperlinks you’d like to include to help divert interested readers back to your website! You can also add your facebook page and twitter ID as well.

We want to shout about the amazing indie retailers out there, and create a positive buzz for all! 🙂

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About Clare Bailey

Clare Bailey, The Retail Champion (formerly Clare Rayner), is one of the most well-known and respected retail experts in the UK. With unrivalled knowledge in retail, high streets and consumer matters, she offers unbiased, independent content – whether engaged as a professional speaker, for broadcast media, or for a written feature. Clare is a business woman, entrepreneur and founder of several small businesses. Having been born into a family of successful business owners, it was inevitable that she’d eventually jump off the corporate treadmill and step out on her own! Today her brand portfolio includes The Retail Champion, The Retail Conference, the Future High Street Summit and the Support for Independent Retail campaign. In addition, she is co-founder of Mobaro Retail UK and a non-exec director of Beed Virtual Assistant Services. Having started her career as a fast-track store management trainee for McDonalds, she went on to work with leading retailers such as M&S, Dixons and Argos. She moved swiftly into management roles before being headhunted into senior consulting roles with global software giant SAP, and international management consulting brand, Accenture. Her corporate background in senior retail, consulting and technology roles, coupled with her experience of creating and running her own business, has enabled her to be equally capable whether consulting to global brands or micro businesses. This unique blend has not only positioned her as a leading expert in all things retail, but has enabled her to add meaningful commentary and insight to the debate around the future of the high street, and, how technology is driving fundamental change in the way consumers, and businesses, interact. Clare has become an influential voice in her field, which has resulted in her becoming a regular media contributor and sought-after conference speaker. Often seen on Good Morning Britain, BBC Breakfast, Sky News, and Chanel 5 (to name a few), Clare speaks on a myriad of retail, high street and consumer issues – but is particular adept when it comes to explaining the context behind retail trading results, newly released data, and government stats, in a palatable and informative manner. In addition to broadcast and conference speaking, Clare is the proud author of two best-selling business books published by Kogan Page - The Retail Champion: 10 Steps to Retail Success, published July 2012 and How to Sell to Retail: The Secrets of Getting Your Product to Market, published February 2013. She has provided contributions to various academic texts, including Retail Marketing Management (published by Pearson). With an engaging, conversational yet informative style, Clare writes for press and content agencies, providing features, articles, blogs and opinion pieces as well as contributions to white papers and reports. However, when the situation demands a more serious style, Clare can deliver - In 2016 she wrote an extensive report for a major insurance and risk law firm, as a retail expert witness, to support a public liability suit. She found that project particularly enjoyable as it played well to her strengths – assimilating large amounts of data and information, identifying the key points and articulating that in an understandable manner. When not on TV or speaking at conferences, Clare’s “day job” sees her supporting consumer-facing businesses through her consultancy services. When asked to describe what she most loves about retail consulting it is typically the opportunity to “dig deep”, getting “under the bonnet”, in order to leverage the business data to uncover the insights that lead to “lightbulb moments”. She also loves working on business change programmes that centre on improving the processes and systems to increase profitability by supporting more rapid, better informed decision making, improving the customer experience, or simply by become more efficient and streamlined. In this respect she considers herself a “business engineer” with a brain that works like a relational database! Due to her years of experience, her logical, objective approach, her quick, rational thinking, she is known for being able to cut through complexity, seeing right through to the crux of issues, finding creative solutions that others may have overlooked. As if all that wasn’t enough, Clare is a working mum, juggling a home life in rural Lincolnshire with her partner, their 5 kids, 4 cats, and geriatric Labrador! For all enquiries, contact Clare directly on 01727 238890 or email champion@retailchampion.co.uk.
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One Response to Engage and Inspire: Share your success stories for #IndieRetail

  1. Pingback: Wrapping up Independent Retailer Month UK 2012 by @kerrybannigan #indieretail | Independent Retail

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